Tag: Sandy Hermiston

Cops favoured colleague in domestic violence case

Cops favoured colleague in domestic violence case

| 03/08/2020 | 76 Comments

(CNS): Police officers failed to conduct a “thorough, impartial and timely” investigation of a domestic violence incident, according to a report released by the Office of the Ombudsman, which reviewed the case after learning officers had not followed the RCIPS Domestic Violence Policy. Despite numerous shortcomings in the investigation and the disciplinary action recommended by […]

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Maladministration occupies ombudsman

Maladministration occupies ombudsman

| 03/08/2020 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman has reported that maladministration by some civil servants is dominating its work, which now covers a range of issues, from data protection to whistleblowing. The oversight body, which was created in September 2017 following the merger of the offices of the information and complaints commissioners, handled 393 enquiries last […]

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PTU ignores bus complaints one year on

PTU ignores bus complaints one year on

| 23/06/2020 | 69 Comments

(CNS): A passenger who made several credible complaints and provided documented evidence about drivers on the local bus routes last June was ignored, given the runaround and generally dismissed by the Public Transport Unit (PTU). And despite recommendations from the ombudsman, who found the unit was at fault, neither the PTU management nor the Public […]

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Tribunal breaches statutory timelines

Tribunal breaches statutory timelines

| 10/06/2020 | 48 Comments

(CNS): Almost a dozen cases before the Labour Appeals Tribunal (LAT) missed the statutory deadline, Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston has found following a maladministration investigation by her office. Despite breaching the statutory timeline for cases to be heard 11 times, there will be no consequences for the tribunal but officials have agreed to implement the directions […]

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CoP accepts findings in rogue rider arrest

CoP accepts findings in rogue rider arrest

| 04/06/2020 | 44 Comments

(CNS): Police Commissioner Derek Byrne has said that he accepts the findings of the Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston, following an independent review of the arrest of a rogue rider on 4 April, where an officer was accused of using unnecessary force. In a short statement in response to the report, Byrne said a discipline investigation has […]

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Cop used ‘unnecessary’ force in rogue rider case

Cop used ‘unnecessary’ force in rogue rider case

| 02/06/2020 | 121 Comments

(CNS): An investigation into how police handled a pursuit of rogue riders in April found that one officer used “unnecessary and unreasonable force” during the arrest and behaved badly to a member of the public at the scene. The Office of the Ombudsman also found that an off-duty officer made matters worse when he joined […]

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Gov’t lawyers misuse FOI law

Gov’t lawyers misuse FOI law

| 01/06/2020 | 10 Comments

(CNS): The ombudsman has ordered the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) to disclose the identity of the person who wrote an important report relating to a complaint by an applicant when she was a minor. In her latest appeal decision, Sandy Hermiston found, for several reasons, that the government lawyers wrongly refused […]

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MoT gets to keep cruise letters secret

MoT gets to keep cruise letters secret

| 12/11/2019 | 48 Comments

(CNS): With just over five weeks to go before Cayman goes to the polls to decide whether or not the people want the controversial cruise berthing project to go ahead, the ombudsman has sided with government on keeping key correspondence with the cruise lines secret. Sandy Hermiston has come down in favour of the commercial […]

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Carter’s pay-off remains secret

Carter’s pay-off remains secret

| 10/06/2019 | 28 Comments

(CNS): How much the public purse coughed up to pay off the former director of the Department of Environmental Health, Roydell Carter, will remain a secret, as the Office of the Ombudsman has upheld a decision by government to refuse a freedom of information request made last September. Despite finding that government should not be […]

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Immigration ignores FOI requests

Immigration ignores FOI requests

| 25/02/2019 | 37 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Immigration (DoI) has admitted that a shortage of resources and its transition into two new agencies, the Customs and Border Control Agency and Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman, left it unable to manage freedom of information requests. The Office of the Ombudsman, which deals with appeals relating to troublesome requests, found […]

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Transport unit dodges FOI with poor records

Transport unit dodges FOI with poor records

| 04/12/2018 | 63 Comments

(CNS): The ombudsman has let the Public Transportation Unit (PTU) off the hook over a refused freedom of information request because of its poor record keeping. In Sandy Hermiston’s latest decision regarding an applicant’s appeal over a denied public records request, she has upheld the PTU’s refusal because trying to compile the statistics asked for would […]

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